BACKGROUND CHECKS: DMPS Policy Questioned

Originally posted on WHOTV.com:

Everyone wants safe schools.  That’s why there is now a law requiring Iowa schools to perform background checks on their employees every five years.

But a teacher’s aide, with 16-years of experience, says the Des Moines School District is asking for too much information, which she fears could wind up in the wrong hands.

Vicki Janssen says she doesn’t have a problem with the district doing the background check, “I think it should be done.”

She does have a problem with how much information is collected and where it’s stored.

“I have no problem with my employer knowing my background check, but not a third-party.”

One of those third parties is a company called “What’s Their Background.”  It is owned and operated by Iowa Schools Financial Information Services, or ISFIS.  ISFIS has contracted with at least a hundred Iowa schools to perform background checks on their employees.

Margaret Buckton, a…

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